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Did Someone Say Chocolate? Mmmm, Yes, Indeed!

Did Someone Say Chocolate? Mmmm, Yes, Indeed!

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American Legion Post 1995 Honors U.S. Flags

American Legion Post 1995 Honors U.S. Flags

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He Pulled the Suspect from the Burning Vehicle

PFC Joseph Castilon honored as Sully’s Officer of the Quarter.

PFC Joseph Castilon honored as Sully’s Officer of the Quarter.

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Bench and Accolades for Avid Gardener

Garden club dedicates park bench to Dolores Rooney.

Garden club dedicates park bench to Dolores Rooney.

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‘This Is Such a Great Tribute; We All Love Her Dearly’

Garden club dedicates park bench to Dolores Rooney.

Garden club dedicates park bench to Dolores Rooney.

Man Charged with Assaulting Special Needs Student

Man Charged with Assaulting Special Needs Student

Fairfax City Teen Missing Since 1975 Is Identified

Modern DNA technology aids police in unraveling a mystery.

Missing teen

Man Charged with Assaulting Special Needs Student

Man Charged with Assaulting Special Needs Student

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‘This Is Such a Great Tribute; We All Love Her Dearly’

Garden club dedicates park bench to Dolores Rooney.

Garden club dedicates park bench to Dolores Rooney.

Teen Missing Since 1975 Is Identified

Modern DNA technology aids police in unraveling a mystery.

Modern DNA technology aids police in unraveling a mystery.

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Sully Community Center Opens in Chantilly/Oak Hill

A place for fitness, senior activities, sports, classes and healthcare.

A place for fitness, senior activities, sports, classes and healthcare.

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What’s on the Travel Horizon for Centreville, Chantilly

Several transportation projects are planned for the area.

Several transportation projects are planned for the area.

Erin Peterson Fund Golf Tourney, Sept. 22

Erin Peterson Fund Golf Tourney, Sept. 22

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Plastic Recycling Earns Bench for Neighborhood

Elise Forrester rises to the NexTrex Challenge.

Elise Forrester rises to the NexTrex Challenge.

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Route 29 Bridge Northbound over Cub Run Under Repair

‘We need to work without the traffic in the way’

Route 29 Bridge Northbound over Cub Run Under Repair

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Macbeth ‘Will Grip the Audience’

Chantilly High grads are in outdoor production of ‘Macbeth.’

Chantilly High grads are in outdoor production of ‘Macbeth.’

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‘Does This Really Benefit the Community or McDonald’s?’

Residents, land-use group oppose new McDonald’s in Centreville.

Residents, land-use group oppose new McDonald’s in Centreville.

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Fair Oaks Fire Causes $175,000 Damage

Fair Oaks Fire Causes $175,000 Damage

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Compton Road Shared-use Path Update

‘This project is on the county’s priority plan.’

‘This project is on the county’s priority plan.’

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Appreciated!

Local neighborhoods celebrate National Night Out.

Local neighborhoods celebrate National Night Out.

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Are Supervisors Out of Touch with Residents?

Residents furious board OKed funding of Braddock/Old Lee jughandle.

Residents furious board OKed funding of Braddock/Old Lee jughandle.

FCPS Laptops Stolen; Local Man Charged

FCPS Laptops Stolen; Local Man Charged

Fairfax Man Charged: Juvenile Sexual Assault

Fairfax Man Charged: Juvenile Sexual Assault

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‘When Trust Is Broken’

Greenbriar East Elementary health aide charged with stealing students’ medication.

Greenbriar East Elementary health aide charged with stealing students’ medication.

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‘It’s Like a Great, Big, Community Family’

Centreville’s Cox Farms celebrates 50th anniversary.

Centreville’s Cox Farms celebrates 50th anniversary.

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‘We Cook with Love and Everything’s Homemade’

Roaming Rooster opens in Chantilly Crossing.

Roaming Rooster opens in Chantilly Crossing.

Roundups

Roundups

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‘We’re Down about 140-plus Officers’

Police chief addresses Sully police station’s CAC.

Police chief addresses Sully police station’s CAC.

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Happy and Lighthearted with Fun, Catchy Songs

Westfield Summer Stage presents ‘High School Musical.’

Westfield Summer Stage presents ‘High School Musical.’

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‘Hilarious Comedy for the Entire Family’

Chantilly High’s children’s show, ‘Space Princess Wars.’

Chantilly High’s children’s show, ‘Space Princess Wars.’

If Something Doesn’t Seem Right …

How people may protect themselves from financial crimes.

Financial crimes

‘It’s about Getting Seen and Knowing that You Matter’

Westfield High presents timely play, ‘Anon(ymous)’

Westfield High’s play, “Anon(ymous),” brings the immigrant experience home by focusing on what happens after a mother and daughter coming to the U.S. are separated when their boat capsizes at sea. Neither knows if the other survived, but they never lose hope.

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Puppets, Petting Zoo, Music, Food Trucks in Chantilly

Springfest comes to Sully Historic Site

‘Confidence through Accomplishment’

Girls on the Run is in local elementary schools.

Girls on the Run is in local elementary schools.

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Fairfax: ‘Just Pause and Don’t Do It’

Residents debate University Drive extension

The City’s proposal to extend University Drive has sparked strong feelings in Fairfax residents. They spoke both for and against it at the Nov. 1 community outreach meeting and before the Nov. 8 City Council meeting. But most of the speakers during Tuesday night’s public hearing were firmly opposed.

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Fairfax: University Drive Decision Postponed

Council to mull community’s comments, get more information.

After 29 residents – the vast majority in opposition – spoke about it, the Council decided it needed more time to consider the community’s comments, see if a grid network in Northfax is really needed and obtain more information about its options.

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First Lady Comes to GMU, Campaigns for Clinton

Speaks on Hillary Clintons 'lifelong record of public service.'

Excitement filled the air when First Lady Michelle Obama addressed an enthusiastic crowd, last Friday, Sept. 16, at GMU’s Johnson Center. Speaking on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, she urged everyone to vote and called Clinton the only qualified candidate in the race.

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ServiceSource Helps People with Disabilities

Nonprofit ServiceSource helps people with disabilities.

In one section of the ServiceSource Chantilly Center, music therapist Myra Goodrich leads a group of budding musicians playing a cheerful song.

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Fairfax County Hosting the 2015 World Police & Fire Games

A huge event on a scale Fairfax County has never before seen — that’s the 2015 World Police & Fire Games. It’ll run June 26-July 5 and promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for area residents. “We expect over 12,000 first responders from more than 70 countries,” said county police Maj. Rich Perez, who’s heading up security. “There’ll be 61 sporting events spanning 10 days, and with more athletes than the summer Olympic Games.”

Take Precautions against Rabies

Animal Shelter offers advice to reduce the risk.

Rabies is a deadly virus that infects animals and may be a risk to humans, as well. The most commonly reported rabid animals in Fairfax County include foxes, raccoons, skunks, and bats. But even pets aren’t automatically immune to this disease and must be vaccinated against it.

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‘Victims’ Rights Are a Necessity’

Honoring crime victims with walk, words and candlelight vigil.

Siobhan Russell was just 19 when her ex-boyfriend killed her. Ron Kirby, a noted regional transportation planner, was murdered in his Alexandria home in November by an unknown assailant.

‘Goal Is To Spot Kids in Crisis’

Police, others take suicide prevention training.

Although there have been four recent incidents of teen suicides in Fairfax County, the Police Department has planned to offer Suicide Awareness and Intervention Training for its officers since October 2013.

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‘We Will Not Tolerate Unsafe Driving’

Police want motorists to get the message from their new cruiser.

There’s a new weapon in the Fairfax County Police Department’s arsenal, but this one has four tires and an engine. It’s a new cruiser covered with messages warning people not to drive impaired or distracted. It was unveiled on Friday, Feb. 21, at the Sully District Station, and the station’s commander, Capt. Ed O’Carroll, explained its significance.

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How to Fix I-66?

More lanes, bus rapid transit, rail, spot improvements proposed.

It’s said that nothing’s certain but death and taxes – but most of the time, traffic congestion on I-66 can be added to that list. So VDOT’s seeking input from the public on how best to alleviate it.

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‘What’s Better than Helping Someone Have a Home?’

Reston company’s employees help Habitat renovate a house.

Not everyone has the money to buy a home. But thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (HHNV) and some willing volunteers from a company in Reston, a family will be able to buy a house in Centreville at an affordable price. On a recent weekday, 15 people were hard at work renovating and repairing it to make it livable. Built in 1971, it’s a two-story, three-bedroom house.

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On the Job and Hot on the Trail

Finding people is fun for new, police bloodhound pups.

“We’ll get them out here and acclimate them to the noises — gunfire, [vehicle] brakes and birds,” said Masood. They’ll also be exposed to airplanes, wind, rain, heat, car horns honking, plus obstacles such as fences. And they’ll learn how it feels on their paws to walk in the woods, through brush, on cement, carpet, tile floors, etc. That way, said Clarke, “When they get out on the street, when they’re almost a year old, they’ll be ready.”

South Lakes Student Honored for Writing

A South Lakes High freshman was among those honored Sunday, Sept. 8, for their entries in a Grandparents Day writing contest. She is Anusha Rahman and she received an honorable mention for “The Journey to My Grandparents.”